Criminal Justice

 Alfre Woodard and Jamie Foxx. A middle-aged Black woman with brown curly hair and Black man with short hair cut.

Alfre Woodard and Jamie Foxx On Playing Roles Set In Prisons

Foxx: “The reason I don’t want to go see somebody in jail is because I don’t want to get used to that.”

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Trayvon Martin's Family Responds to George Zimmerman's $100 Million Lawsuit

Zimmerman was acquitted of killing the teenager in 2012. Now, he is accusing Martin’s parents and others of defamation.

Randy Gardner is removed by police while wearing his executed brother's prison jumpsuit during an anti death penalty protest at the US Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. on January 17, 2017.

Trump Administration Asks Supreme Court to Allow Federal Executions After 16-Year Break

The DOJ made the request hours after an appeals court denied the agency’s attempt to schedule four executions.

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Three Black Men Exonerated After Spending 36 Years in Prison

Alfred Chestnut, Ransom Watkins and Andrew Stewart were exonerated in the murder of a 14-year-old Baltimore boy named DeWitt Duckett.

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Advocates Convince Prosecutors to Visit Prisons Nationwide

Fair and Just Prosecution urges those at the “front door” of the justice system to witness the decay and overcrowding plaguing the nation’s correctional facilities.

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'College Behind Bars' Spotlights Fight For Education

The new PBS documentary follows 12 incarcerated people as they win national debates and work to earn college degrees.

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New Report Exposes Dangers of Costly Criminal Justice Fees

These fines, which disproportionally impact communities of color, burden people with massive debt that affects their ability to successfully reenter society.

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Jussie Smollett Countersues City of Chicago for 'Extreme Emotional Distress'

The city sued Smollett in April seeking reimbursement for its investigation into the alleged racist and homophobic attack on the actor.

Ayanna Pressley. Black woman in a green, blue and tan striped dress as she stands behind a podium and gives a speech.

Ayanna Pressley Seeks to Remake Criminal Justice System

The Representative from Massachusetts introduces legislation that calls for a “decarceration-focused” system that is “smaller, safer, less punitive and more humane.”

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FBI Report Shows Fewer Hate Crimes, But More Hate-Driven Violence

The report uncovered an increase in hate-related homicides and assaults against individuals.

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Black Woman Judge Under Attack for Calling Out Racism

Lori Landry, the first Black woman elected to Louisiana’s 16th Judicial District, is being called unfit to judge for saying that Black people are unfairly treated in the legal system. But her supporters aren’t having it.

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Formerly Incarcerated Leaders Host Historic Presidential Town Hall

The Marshall Project and Voters Organized to Educate host first-ever town hall led by formerly incarcerated activists.

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Study Says When Women of Color Enter Prosecutor Races, They Win

A new study from the Reflective Democracy Campaign showed that while White men still dominate as elected prosecutors, women of all races and men of color are winning at higher rates when they compete for the same seats.

Naomie Harris. Black woman with braids wearing police uniform.

'Black and Blue' Star Naomie Harris Talks Race and Policing

“The aim of this film is also to reignite dialogue and get people outraged again and hopefully get them active.”

Project Reset. Older Black man with bald hand standing in front of colorful artwork.

Arts-Based Diversion Program Expands to Combat Incarceration In New York City

Project Reset, a diversion program for teenagers accused of low-level offenses, will now be offered to adults in more parts of the city.

Atatiana Jefferson. A 28-year-old Black woman killed by white police officer Aaron Dean

Officer Who Killed Atatiana Jefferson Charged With Murder

The city’s police chief apologized for the shooting death, but the victim’s relatives say the former officer’s arrest is just the beginning of their fight for justice.

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Activists Urge Lawmakers to End Amazon Ring Partnerships With Police

More than 30 organizations published a joint letter that details how the app threatens civil liberties and puts people of color at disproportionate risk.

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ACLU Fights to Secure Voting Rights for Formerly Incarcerated in Florida

The civil rights group seeks to remove wealth-based hurdles to voting.

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The '94 Crime Bill 25 Years Later: It's Time for a Reckoning [Op-Ed]

Justice advocates say we must address the harm caused by the legislation and create a new vision for safety and freedom.

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Department of Homeland Security Finally Calls White Supremacy a Threat to the Nation

A new report from the agency calls out White supremacists as drivers of domestic terror.